Tips for Eating Heartier Foods with New Dentures
Posted on 12/21/2020 by Dr. David Wanserski
|It will take some time to adjust to wearing dentures for the first time. They might feel uncomfortable at first as your gums, jaw, and facial muscles become accustomed to the sensation of talking and chewing with this new oral appliance. You will not be able to eat all of your favorite foods immediately after getting dentures, but you can follow these tips to help ease into eating healthier foods again.
During the First Few Weeks
You will want to focus on liquids and soft foods for the first week or two after getting your new set of dentures. Mashed potatoes, smoothies, yogurt, scrambled eggs, applesauce, and soups are all great options during this period. You can even add protein powder to your foods for extra nutrition. Just be careful with hot liquids as your sensitivity to temperature might be reduced when you first get dentures, and heat can cause your bottom denture to loosen.
Introducing Solid Foods
When you feel more used to the sensation of chewing and swallowing with your new dentures, you can begin to incorporate more solid foods into your diet. Foods like soft bread, pasta, fish, stewed meats, and cooked vegetables are good transitional options. Be sure to cut food into small pieces at first, chew slowly and thoroughly, and use both sides of your mouth to chew.
Foods to Avoid with Dentures
Even after you have fully adjusted to your dentures, there are some foods that can be difficult for denture wearers to eat. You will have to be extra careful when it comes to excessively hard, sticky, or chewy foods, such as peanut butter, gum, crusty bread, chewy candy, tough meats, popcorn, and nuts. If you are curious about alternatives to these foods or want more tips on adjusting to eating with your new dentures, call our office today.